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Act now on headhigh handles or the NRL is bound

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Do you need your youngsters to play a game that could leave them, by their mid 40s, with intellectual weakness, sorrow, cognitive decline, enthusiastic insecurity, vulnerability to substance mishandle and frequented by self-destructive musings?

Didn’t think so.

Would you like to see your most loved footy code savaged by lawful activity from mind harmed previous players and moved towards immateriality by a lessening number of children taking up the game?

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No? Obviously you don’t.

In which case, you presumably need to jump aboard wholeheartedly with what Peter V’landys and Andrew Abdo are doing in the NRL.

No uncertainties or buts or “it was unplanned contact” or “tired players settle on helpless choices”. Rugby alliance – and rugby association and AFL, besides – need to acknowledge that any type of contact with the head should be prohibited. What’s more, the standards should be policed without bargain until headhigh handles are wiped out of the game.

Response to the NRL’s crackdown on head contact in Magic Round has been covered with misrepresentations, pardons and absurd boasting.

Bulldogs mentor Trent Barrett accused rule changes for his failing to meet expectations group’s misfortune to Canberra and said: “It’s a physical game and it’s really hard not to contact anybody’s head or neck when you’re handling somebody with or without the ball. It will occur; it’s unimaginable not to.”

Bandits mentor Ricky Stuart guaranteed: “We have a game that is very one of a kind, however it is anything but a game for everybody – it’s an intense, fierce physical game. Also, on the off chance that we need to remove that, let us know (and) I’ll begin enlisting various kinds of players.”

Others have recommended that recompenses should be made on the grounds that standard changes have made the game quicker and all the more genuinely requesting and tired players are getting their handling method wrong. Or on the other hand that there ought to have been some admonition before the NRL dispatched the crackdown.

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